As i was sitting in the office in Ywam Perth this afternoon and took a little bit of time to see how my good friends from Della Fern are doing. They are a Band that are working with our Ywam Perth ministry Musicians for Missions (M.F.M). Currently they are touring the West Coast of the U.S speaking in High Schools, Universities on Missions and also playing music gigs at different music venues.

Consisting of 5 members Beau (Lead Singer/Guitar), Grace (Lead Singer), Luke (Bassist), Joel (Lead Guitar) and Dean (Drums), They are all passionate musicians that have come through our Music DTS program over the years and have used that passion for music to reach out with a message with funky cool sound and infectious catchy melodies. 

On the recent release of their EP Album I want to encourage you to have a listen to it and also download it for free. 

Go to www.dellafern.com and also like them on Facebook under Della Fern. 

These guys are sold out believers that are full time missionaries that have really chosen to put God in their life and with his anointing they are able reach out people not only with Good music but more importantly through the way they live their lives. I hope this encourages you that God is a God has placed passions with in us and its when we give the glory to him that we are able to steward our gifts submitted to God. 

INTRODUCTION

Since 1971 I have been part of the contemporary Christian music community. Through the last forty years I have been able to experience and observe the development of worship and concert ministries in the United States and around the world. I have been both a musician seeking to find my place in the church and in YWAM, as well as a YWAM leader seeking to work with the visions of various musicians and artists. 

Through my thirty plus years in YWAM I have heard many “words” that God was going to use the arts to “lead the way” in many situations. I’ve heard the term “The arts are the tip of the arrow that will lead us into nations.” If these were truly words from the Lord, we should seek ways to encourage development. 

There are many wonderful ways YWAM worship and arts have glorified the Lord and influenced thousands; and yet, I know some of the sad stories of musicians leaving YWAM because they did not feel there was a place for them to fulfill their calling. In some of these cases, YWAM may not have been the best place for them; however, I believe there are too many cases, where they left because the YWAM leader did not understand how to work with artists or how to point them to a base where their worship or arts calling could flourish. That is the main reason I feel the need to write this paper. 

If YWAM leaders can better understand some of the dynamics of working with artists or how to direct them to a part of YWAM who has that call, then worship and the arts can be an even more powerful force within our mission to further the Kingdom of God. 

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YWAM Music Toowoomba is passionate about discipling, equipping, empowering and releasing musicians, bands, individuals and teams into their God given callings. Our dream, is unleashing yours..

For years we have carried a vision in our hearts of establishing a community of artists and support staff who are passionate about Jesus and want to use their gifts to bring His Kingdom to all people.  While visiting Toowoomba in 2010 to serve with 'Easterfest' - God spoke very clearly that we were to establish a YWAM base in Toowoomba. In the early months of 2011 we were sent out from YWAM Brisbane to pioneer what is now YWAM Australia's youngest base Toowoomba is Australia's second largest inland city. Perched on top of 'The Great Dividing Range', Toowoomba is located 120km west of Brisbane. Known as the 'Garden City' and home to Australia's largest Christian Music festival, 'Easterfest', Toowoomba services a large region stretching from the Lockyer Valley to the rich farm lands of the Darling Downs. It is the Education Hub of the Darling Downs region and blessed with many wonderful Churches who enjoy a strong bond of unity, working together to reach the lost and helping those in need.

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Michael W. Smith will be coming to Toowoomba next year for Easterfest. We hope that Darlene Zschech (Hillsong) and Michael will be speaking at the Noise Conference to young aspiring musicians with a heart for music ministry – we could learn so much from them. We’ll just have to wait until the Noise schedule get’s released early next year.

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Imagine School of Worship leaders believing for passports and visas and plane tickets and finances to travel hours and hours from their country to Indonesia for three power-packed days of fellowship and impartation. They came from four locations in the vast subcontinent of India and Nepal, from the island of Jeju in Korea, from the busy hub of Antipolo, Philippines, from the large UofN center in Perth, Australia, and from two separate islands in Indonesia. Twenty SOW leaders converged at the YWAM base in Jimbaran, Bali two weeks ago to meet one another, share their stories, hear the SOW story from the "founding fathers": Bob&Kathy Fitts, Pete Sifuentes and Kevin Norris.

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In recent months, a worship publishing company called “Consuming Worship” has approached YWAM North America with the interest of producing a nationally distributed worship CD that allows the worship of YWAM to influence the churches. This is an amazing opportunity for us as a mission to have greater access to the church as our worship music and spirit is exposed to a larger audience.

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Artists in Christian Testimony International's 2009 Pioneer Award Recipient - Karen Lafferty.. A true pioneer integrating artistic personnel, strategies, and methods into the Worldwide Mission of God to proclaim the Gospel of Christ’s salvation and establish his Church in every People and Nation of the World—all to his Glory forever!  (Acts 13:2-3; Acts 14:21-23, 27). Karen Lafferty is probably best known in the Christian world as the author of the scripture chorus "Seek Ye First."  However that is hardly the full extent of her profound impact.

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School of Worship (SOW) leaders from Europe, M.East and Africa gathered in Holland in early November for a first-ever "DNA" meeting. The purpose was to understand and embrace the original calling and mandate of these schools, as well as to build relationships among SOW school leaders. The three days passed quickly as SOW founders Bob & Kathy Fitts shared the story of how God led them to start the School of Worship in 1990. Also on the agenda were others who had picked up the torch and established solid SOW foundations in Kona, Hawaii, USA (Kevin Norris, via Skype) and Montana, USA (Pete Sifuentes).

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The desire to Create Content that Disciples the Nations is what is behind one of the newest adventures that YWAM is pioneering in Hollywood. YWAM DNA Studios in Hollywood.  DNA stands for Discipling the Nations through the Arts, and that is our vision - to have those in Arts, Entertainment & Media come together to create content that will disciple the nations with the truths of God!

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